Rafael Nadal will not play at Wimbledon or the Tokyo Olympics, saying on Thursday he decided to skip the two tournaments after “listening” to his body.
“Hello everyone, I have decided not to participate in this year’s Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games. It’s never an easy decision to make, but after listening to my body and discussing it with my team, I realized it’s the right decision, “he said on Twitter.
Nadal, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, played in the Masters of Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid Masters and Rome Masters before the French Open.
Nadal, a 13-time Roland Garros record champion, made it to this year’s semi-finals and was knocked out by future champion Novak Djokovic in a four-set thriller – only his third defeat on Parisian clay where he won 105 games.
Nadal won two Olympic gold medals: a 2008 singles title in Beijing and a double gold medal in Rio 2016, where he was Spain’s standard-bearer.
“The goal is to extend my career and keep doing what makes me happy, which is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at the highest level of competition,” said Nadal.
He said the fact that there were only two weeks between Roland Garros and Wimbledon “didn’t make it easier” for his body to recover from the “always busy” clay season.